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Bassist Peter Tork (77) from sixtiesband The Monkees died

Peter Tork, the bassist from the band The Monkees, at the age of 77 died. The musician suffered since 2009 with tongue cancer, reports TMZ Thursday.

The news is confirmed by the sister of the bassist.

The Monkees broke through in the sixties and scored a big hit with Daydream Believer, which Tork the piano intro kept.

Besides playing the piano and bass guitar, sang the artist, and in the songs of the band. He was a lead vocalist in the song Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?.

In the late sixties leaving Tork the band for a solo career to start. When The Monkees entered the eighties a reünietour announced, he added himself to the group.

The musician let his wife Pamela and three children behind.

Group was the American answer to The Beatles

The jongensgroep was brought together for a same tv program as an American answer to The Beatles. The group scored world hits with songs like I’m a Believer (1966) and Daydream Believer (1967). Renowned writers such as Carole King and Neil Diamond wrote songs for The Monkees.

In 1967, at the height of the popularity of The Monkees, the group sold more albums than The Beatles. Around 1970, it fell to the band by mutual quarrels from each other.

Since then, The Monkees a few times together. In 2012, died Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees.

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